What is gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and usually goes away after the baby is born. Diabetes is a common condition in which the body is unable to use the glucose in the blood for energy as effectively as usual. This is because the body is not making enough of the hormone insulin, or the insulin is not working properly. Insulin moves glucose from the blood into the body’s cells where it can be used by the body for energy.
What causes gestational diabetes?
In pregnancy, the placenta produces hormones that help the baby to grow and develop. These hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin. This is called insulin resistance. Because of this insulin resistance, the need for insulin in pregnancy is 2 or 3 times higher than normal. If the body is unable to produce this much insulin, gestational diabetes develops. When the pregnancy is over and the insulin needs return to normal, the diabetes usually disappears. However it does increase the risk of getting type 2 diabetes later in life.
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